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Myths








“At slaughter, most cows and veal calves are stunned by having a metal bolt shot into their skulls. Next, they are raised
up by shackles attached to a rear leg, and then their throats are slit while their hearts are still beating in order to push
out the blood. Because the stunning process is designed to make sure that the animal’s heart remains beating, it is not uncommon for cows and calves to still be conscious while their throats are cut open.” Share this slideshow.


Animal agriculture causes at least 51% of greenhouse gases. By cutting down just 20% of meat consumption, you help improve the environment. This has the same impact as if you were to trade in an air-polluting, gas-guzzling sedan for a more eco-friendly hybrid vehicle. You also reduce your odds for deadly illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.






Myth:
Old cultural traditions—including what we eat—cannot be questioned.


TRUTH:
Great traditions don’t stagnate but evolve. Don’t fear ridicule, scorn, or rejection. Begin new traditions based on beauty, kindness, and justice.






Myth:
Only animal meat provides enough protein.


TRUTH:
Your body makes protein from amino acids. Vegetables, beans, grains, seeds, nuts, and lentils give you all the essential amino acids you need.


Leafy greens such as kale and spinach have about 45% protein.


Most Americans consume too much protein. Learn about the protein myth.






Myth:
Chicken and fish are healthy foods.


TRUTH:
Chicken has less fat than red meat but contains about the same quantity of cholesterol. (Eggs are high in cholesterol and fat. Even egg whites alone weaken your kidneys, liver, and bones.) Fish can contain more cholesterol than red meat or chicken. Mercury, dioxin, PCBs, and other toxins also contaminate fish. Get your omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources.
Some excellent sources of omega-3 fats are ground flaxseeds, hemp oil, canola oil, walnuts, tofu, soybeans, almonds, pine nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, oranges, lemons, limes, melons, and cherries.






Myth:
Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are good sources of calcium.


TRUTH:
Dairy products are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Dairy farms exploit cows and destroy the environment. Dark green vegetables, sunflower seeds, beans, figs, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, raisins, sesame seeds, calcium-fortified soy milk/rice milk/orange juice, and nuts like almonds are some healthy eco-friendly options rich in calcium.


Here are a few facts about bone health. Vitamin D contributes to building strong bones. It’s needed so that calcium can be deposited into your bones. Get Vitamin D from sunlight and a supplement such as Doctor’s Best Vegan D3 (2500 i.u.) Too much protein or sodium weakens bones. Smoking, liquor, and caffeine also have a negative effect. Weightlifting strengthens bone density.


There are three kinds of Vitamin D: D2, D3, and Vegan D3. Vitamin D2 (or ergocalciferol) is vegan. It’s derived from yeast. Available as a supplement and found in fortified vegan foods such as soy milk and breakfast cereal. If you take a vegan multivitamin, most likely you’ll notice it contains Vitamin D2.


Your body makes Vitamin D3 when your skin is exposed to sunlight. But Vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol) in supplement form is usually not vegan. It’s derived from sheep wool or fish.


However, there is now a plant source of Vitamin D3. This vegan Vitamin D3 is the best option for optimal absorption and nutrition.


Myth:
Dairy butter and ice cream have the most saturated fat.


TRUTH:
Nope. A pound of cheese has nearly 20 grams of saturated fat.













Myth:
It’s too difficult to live in harmony with the earth.


TRUTH:
Change feels different or challenging. Human nature resists change, whether it’s negative or positive. Look deeply. It’s not an ordeal but a new experience. You’re an explorer. Be fearless, especially when you feel most uncomfortable. Nobody summits Kilimanjaro in a single hour.


Setbacks are temporary. To meet the challenges is to live a life less ordinary. It’s the great opportunity to be everything you were born to be.


You can only come to know the joys of the adventure by continuing on your quest. Keep a fierce heart. Seek to explore the endless possibilities.


Be the kind of person you want to see in the world.






Myth:
Gorillas are vegan.


TRUTH: Mountain gorillas, western lowland gorillas, and eastern lowland gorillas are almost vegan except sometimes they eat insects already on the plants they’re chomping. The bulk of their protein comes from plants. They enjoy wild celery and bamboo. The western lowland gorilla is a small gorilla but still weighs in at about 300 pounds. This gorilla has mighty jaws and enormous canine teeth perfectly evolved to rip into…nice leafy greens in the forests of Cameroon.


Bison, elephants, and rhinos are natural vegans. These strong, massive animals get their protein directly from plants.









“In the U.S., hundreds of millions of newly hatched male chicks are suffocated and discarded each year, or ground
up alive to produce fertilizer or feed.” Share this slideshow.


Animal agriculture causes deforestation, water pollution, global warming, and other imbalances in nature. Every plant-based meal we choose in favor of our own health is also beneficial to the health of the earth.







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